There are literally thousands of items on sale at REI right now. We combed through to find 10 that will last at least a decade of outdoor adventures.
REI’s Anniversary Sale offers a wealth of gear at discount. So it can be tough to decide which deals to jump on.
But if your number-one priority is durability – gear you can use again and again for years – we found 10 winners (and one bonus recommendation).
REI Anniversary Sale: Long-Lasting Gear
To fill this list, we sorted through all of REI’s sale items and picked out the hard goods we expect will last at least 10 years. Obviously, this depends heavily on how well you care for gear.
Leaving anything out in the sun, packing it wet, or mishandling it will drive it to a premature trip to the trash heap. But if you use gear for its intended purpose, maintain it properly, and follow manufacturers’ guidelines, these products will see you through another 10 birthday cakes.
Old Town Penobscot 164 Canoe: $1,020 (15% off)
The Old Town Penobscot 164 is the definition of durability. It’ll last 10 years, and probably a whole lot more. The three-layer polyethylene build will handle open water with aplomb but is also capable of modest river running. It’s best used with a friend, but a skilled solo paddler can use this boat alone.
The Old Town Penobscot 164 is a versatile piece of gear that you’ll likely pass down to your kids. Load it up for a trip to the boundary waters or the neighborhood lake. It’s not light (75 pounds) but will serve you well on waters rough and calm for decades to come.
BioLite SolarHome 620 Solar Charger: $112 (25% off)
Add power, music, and light to your cabin, campsite, or adventuremobile using the energy of the sun. BioLite’s SolarHome 620 comes with a 6-watt solar panel, wall-mounted control box, three hanging lights, and an MP3/FM player. Plus, one light has a motion sensor, and the set comes with 18 feet of daisy-chainable cables.
Yakima SkyBox 18 Carbonite Cargo Roof Box: $463 (20% off)
Keep your car’s interior spacious on camping getaways by storing your gear in Yakima’s 18-cubic-foot Carbonite Roof Box. The roof-mounted storage system is designed to hold four campers’ gear, can be accessed from either side, and fits most roof bars. Plus, the box is made of 80 percent recycled plastic.
Nikon Trailblazer ATB Waterproof 10 x 25 Binoculars: $75 (24% off)
From spotting birds to surveying land features, it’s never a bad idea to have a pair of binoculars. Nikon’s Trailblazer ATB binocs are waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof, so they’ll last plenty long if you care for them. The Trailblazer sports 10x magnification – and at under 10 ounces, it won’t weigh down your pack.
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini U-Lock: $88 (25% off)
If it can survive the streets of New York and nefarious bike thieves, the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit U-lock will last years of use. Scoring a 10 on Kryptonite’s 10-point security rating, the NY Fahgettaboudit lock can withstand bolt cutters, hammers, and crowbars. Put this on your bike and “Faghettaboudit.”
MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit: $75 (25% off)
A GearJunkie favorite, the PocketRocket by MSR weighs just 3 ounces and can boil a liter of water in four minutes. Tack on the nesting MSR Trail Lite Duo System cook set – including pot, strainer/lid, mugs, bowls, sporks, and handle – and you’ve got a solid camp kit for under $80.
REI Co-op Flexlite Low Chair: $49 (30% off)
A camp chair ought to be the first luxury you invest in once you have the necessities set. REI’s Flexlite Low chair uses aluminum tent poles and ripstop nylon – both designed for lots of outdoor use. The Low marks REI’s most pack-friendly camp chair offering, weighing 1 pound 9 ounces and measuring just 12 inches long.
REI Joule 21 (women’s) & Igneo 17 (men’s) Sleeping Bags: $223 (30% off)
A solid sleeping bag is one of the cornerstones of a proper camping kit. REI offers 700-fill men’s and women’s bags with the 17-degree Igneo and 21-degree Joule. Both bags are mummy style to match the contours of your body and maximize heat retention. They also sport water-repellent down to withstand the elements. Plus, the ripstop fabric will stand up to normal wear and tear going in and out of backpacks and campsites.
Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit: $180 (20% off)
Tackle just about any bike problem with Feedback Sports’ Team Edition Tool Kit. The kit’s 19 tools perform 25 functions to help you go beyond simply changing flats. The durable TPU-coated nylon case houses an array of Torx, hex, and Phillips drives; Schraeder and Presta valve core tools; spoke-, crank-, bottom bracket-, axle-, and cassette lockring-wrenches; and many more. Use it right, and it will get properly dirty and last for years.
Leatherman Wave Multitool: $80 (20% off)
Few multitools are as storied as Leatherman – and we’ve heard some epic tales of these mini-toolkits in action. The 18-tool Wave is one of the brand’s mainstays, offering two externally deployable blades, two files, two bit drivers, spring-loaded scissors, can and bottle opener, and more. Leatherman offers this tool as a solution for most problems in the wild. The 420HC stainless steel construction and included leather sheath mean the Wave will last for plenty of adventure.
Bonus: REI Membership! $20
Maybe the most long-lasting deal you can score at the Anniversary Sale – or any other time – is an REI membership. It costs $20, and that makes you a member for life.
With a membership, you receive an annual member dividend. That’s money back every year for shopping at REI – typically to the tune of 10 percent of your member spending. Membership also grants you special promotional discounts, access to REI Garage Sales, deals on REI outdoor classes, and more. And if you nab a membership now, you also receive a 20 percent members-only discount to use on any full-price item during the Anniversary Sale.
Whatever you’re shopping for, get to the Anniversary Sale before it ends May 28!